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Vicky Jenson's career spans more than two decades in both animation and live action, and crosses the spectrum from TV to feature films to shorts including a commercial campaign for Old Navy of more than 40 spots with Anonymous Content and was at that time the only female feature film director they represented.
Vicky Jenson started in animation as a cell painter. She learned to paint backgrounds on The Flintstones (1960) and The Smurfs (1981) at Hanna Barbera Studios where she worked summers to cover fall semesters at the Academy of Art College in San Francisco.
After transferring to Cal State University at Northridge to study literature and fine art, Vicky designed backgrounds and drew storyboards for Filmation, Marvel, Disney TV and Warner Bros on such classics as He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983), Taz-Mania (1991), _Batman_ and Jem (1985).
Her credits include TV classics the The Smurfs (1981) for Hanna Barbera, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983), _, _Batman_ and Jem (1985) and developing visual styles for Ralph Bakshi and John Kricfalusi on the groundbreaking Mighty Mouse, the New Adventures (1987) and The Ren & Stimpy Show (1991).
After directing on both the Oscar-winning winning Shrek (2001) and the Academy Award Nominated Shark Tale (2004), Vicky directed her first live-action feature Post Grad for Ivan Reitman's Montecito Pictures and Fox Searchlight. Her other feature film credits include art directing on Ferngully: The Last Rainforest, production design on The Road to El Dorado (2000), story artist on Chicken Run. She also directed a live-action short, Family Tree (2003), which premiered at Sundance, screened at countless festivals, including SXSW, Aspen and Malibu and went on to win multiple festival awards.
For her decades of outstanding work, Vicky has earned countless awards, including an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature and recognition from the Annies, BAFTA, the Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards, Cannes, the Golden Globes, among other awards.
She is currently directing her third animated feature for DreamWorks and is scripting of a live-action fairytale feature to follow.
When she's not working in the studio, Jenson enjoys ultralight backpacking, learning to play mandolin and teaching her border collie pointless new tricks.
- IMDb Mini Biography By: management